Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

Friday March 12th, 1999

The DoJ has given a thumbs-up to the AOL/Netscape/Sun acquisition/merger/strategic alliance. You can read about it at and at Infoworld.

#5 Re:Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

by J. Russell <>

Saturday March 13th, 1999 12:49 AM

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I don't think Mozilla's dead, and I don't think many are going to even notice IE5. I've used it, and there is not much difference, and where is the support for new standards? 'sides, you aren't seeing the difference here--NS has courted bankruptcy for quite a while, and they now have endlessly deep pockets--and thus a great deal more room for mistakes.

And with Windows 2000 over TWO YEARS LATE, Windows 2001 or later (consumer version) still years away, and Amiga crouched to pounce with a new system that will reinvent multimedia as we know it, no one is going to give a rat's arse about Microsoft anymore--and that's not counting the companies that are leaping off the NT bandwagon in droves for Linux--a free OS with increasing stability and ease of use that businesses can pay their own IT depts. to fix rather than having to A) pay for a bloated and fragile OS with closed source code that creates B) having to pay MS's exorbitant rates for service and C) deal with MS's marketing strategies (IE, for instance) unnecessarily clogging up their OSs--MS's server share is dropping and it has only just begun.

In short, most people only use IE because it comes with their computer, and in tomorrow's world, once AOL drops IE (even if it takes until 2001), and MS is disallowed to sign exclusive agreements like it has in the past to force IE on computer makers anymore (and that will be the LEAST thing that happens from the DOJ case this summer), IE will dwindle because, in the end, people like NS better.

And as for reinventing the wheel, if the darned thing is square then it should be reinvented. What I've learned from MS if nothing else is that stacking new code on top of old code only works for so long, eventually you wind up with a house of cards begging to fall over, or at the least a slow monstrous program that slows down your system like IE does. Lastly, one basis for Mozilla 5.0 is a program that can be easily ported to any OS--including the new Amigas. Some extra time spent making sure this happens now will save a FORTUNE in the future.

In conclusion, don't weep for dying cancer patient NS when it just went into final remission!